The transfer window closed at 5.00pm on Thursday, with Newcastle having signed five senior players, and two highly rated prospects, but did they do enough?

Joelinton, the club’s record signing, was the stand-out newcomer, and was desperately needed with both Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez departing.

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But one striker was never likely to be enough, and a last minute move for former number nine, Andy Carroll, strengthened the numbers up front, but getting, and keeping, him fit is not an easy task.

With Newcastle holding on to both Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden in midfield, full-back was the other priority area to improve.

With Jetro Willems arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt, and a deadline day move for Emil Krafth from French side Amiens, both flanks got a new challenger for the spot.

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With the exciting winger Allan Saint-Maximin coming in from Nice, we have flair and pace up top, with an exciting prospect of him and Miguel Almiron setting up Joelinton.

No right-winger signed is an area for concern

If there is one area for concern, it is on the right wing, where we failed to add anyone, and will likely mean a left-sided winger playing there, or added attacking responsibility placed on a right wing-back.

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But overall, Newcastle probably did enough business to see them through, but could, and should, have done more – had they sorted their off-field problems out earlier in the summer, and started business weeks before they did.

 

Adding promising youngsters Kyle Scott, a midfielder whose contract expired at Chelsea, and Jake Turner, a highly rated goalkeeper from Bolton, was also shrewd business for the future.

But for now, Steve Bruce has to work with what he has, and in truth, some of the best business of the summer were deals they did not do.

Keeping Longstaff and Hayden, following their exciting partnership at the turn of the year last season, was great news.

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With heavy interest in Longstaff from Manchester United, and Hayden having a change of heart, having previously wanting to leave, these two players can be the focal point of our side, and future squads can be built around them.

It will be interesting to see how the new boys do on Sunday against Arsenal, and it will be a massive test for Steve Bruce, who will be hoping to get off to a fast start.

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